Lancashire seal Faulkner coup

01 December 2017 06:43:04 EST

Glen Chapple says the signing of James Faulkner as one of Lancashire's Twenty20 imports provides the club with continuity and world-class talent.

Faulkner returns to Old Trafford on a two-year deal to feature in the NatWest Blast having featured for the club in their title campaign two years ago.

"I'm really pleased to have secured the services of James for the next two years in the T20 Blast. He is a world-class cricketer and he played an important role in our success in 2015 when we won the competition," Chapple said.

"Signing James on a two-year contract gives us some continuity and stability in terms of our T20 overseas player which is what we were looking for so we're thrilled to bring him back to Old Trafford.

"He's a great individual to have in the dressing room and his experience at international level will really benefit the squad."

During the 2015 campaign the Australian all-rounder finished as joint leading wicket taker in the Blast with 25 wickets from 13 matches, placing him alongside Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry.

The 27-year-old also dominated attacks with the bat, scoring 302 runs.

Meanwhile, Joe Root is 16/1 to score the fastest 50 in the Ashes series while Steve Smith can be backed at 4/9 and David Warner at 4/1.

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